In what might be the closest sign of alien life yet discovered. Astronomers at NASA have found seven earth like planets orbiting around a small star known as Trappist-1. The star which was originally discovered back in May of 2016 was found to have three earth like planets but only recently four more were uncovered. All seven have shown to be the right size, mass and distance from the sun to hold water.
Amaury Triaud, co-author of the study said of the discovery, “We have made a crucial step toward finding if there is life out there.” The discovery is hailed as a first of its kind, never in history have so many earth like planets found to be orbiting one star.
Unfortunately no ET signals were detected last year from the exoplanet, but Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI said of the discovery “I think we’ll do it again, now that there are seven planets,” said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI. “I think that’s an interesting story because that could indeed be a small little galactic empire right there. When you have tens of billions of habitable worlds — moons and planets — just in our galaxy, that’s a stunningly large number of worlds where there could be life.”
Astronomers have said that as of next year, they will use the Hubble, and later the James Webb telescope to find signs of methane, carbon dioxide, oxygen or ozone, which could indicate that these are truly habitable planets.